ASO CHRONICLE Erosion threatens Abaji
“I have to say that there is the need for the incoming FCT minister to take a tour of the six area councils in order to acquaint himself with the challenges people of the FCT are facing,” he added.
Another resident of Abaji who spoke to our reporter said his house was almost collapsing as there are cracks on the wall, especially at the backyard.
Mr. Ibrahim Attahiru said: “In fact, every year, I have to support the building with big stones in order for it to stand. But with the situation at hand presently, I don’t know if one can survive it; as you can see the wall has cracked,” he said.
He said that if the erosion is not immediately controlled by the Federal Government, it would also cut off the road linking the permanent site of the Abaji University of Technology, which he said may affect the take-off of academic activities.
“This is the only road that links to the permanent site of the newly established Abaji University of Technology, but as you can see, the erosion is gradually extending to the road and if urgent steps are not taken, I am afraid it may affect the smooth take-off of academic activities,” he said.
Aso Chronicle also visited the Abattoir area, especially the Abattoir new extension and observed that many houses in the area are on the verge of collapsing due to the impact of erosion.
It was observed that the road leading to Abattoir has been cut off by erosion, rendering residents of adjoining houses who have vehicles stranded.
A resident of the area, Musa Aliyu, told Aso Chronicle that many houses have collapsed this year due to heavy flooding which worsened the impact of the erosion, saying residents always mobilized to create an alternative route for the running water during the dry season but when rainy season resumes, the water still takes its course.
“In fact, most of the people who reside in this area, especially those at Abattoir new extension and have vehicles have to park at neighbouring houses due to lack of access road, as erosion has cutoff the major road and some houses have also collapsed,” he said.
He therefore appealed to the authorities of the council, under the leadership of Alhaji Yahaya Garba Gawu, to come to the aid of the residents of the area by liaising with the management of the FCDA in tackling the erosion menace and providing water drainage system in the area.
Efforts to get the reaction of the council chairman were not successful as his phone number did not connect. But an aide of the chairman, who craved anonymity said the council had written a letter and attached pictures of the erosion site and forwarded them to the Ministry of Environment two months ago.
Aso Chronicles findings revealed that there are numerous causes of erosion; it can be both naturally and artificiallyinduced. But the underlying geology and the severity of the accompanying surface play a key role.
Environmentalists have observed that gully erosion is more prevalent in sedimentary terrain than in the basement complex in Nigeria.
Aso Chronicle gathered that erosion has caused immense and inestimable damage to the environment in Nigeria generally, and has resulted in the loss of lives and property in more serious cases.
Solutions which have been proffered include public awareness campaigns, advocacy for improved farming techniques and enactment of laws against any activity which favours gully growth.
Unfortunately, erosion has been one of the natural disasters that have hit the rural poor, with efforts by the Federal Government at ameliorating their plight not always yielding the desired result.
Aso Chronicle gathered that it was on this premise that the Federal Government in its desire to control this ecological problem in Nigeria decided to set up the ecological funds office under the Ministry of Environment to address serious ecological problems that are beyond the capacities of states and local governments in the country.
Despite the Federal Government’s claim in making budgetary provision yearly for the control of erosion across the country, some communities still face erosion threat. Even Abaji community would be wondering what the ecological fund is actually meant for.